AMIAS

Nessun Dorma: From Night Stories to a History of the Night in the Greek World

Angelos Chaniotis
Professor in the School of Historical Studies
October 14, 2016
Angelos Chaniotis will discuss the night, whose definition as the period between sunset and sunrise is consistent and unalterable, regardless of culture and time. However, the perception of the night and its economic, social and cultural roles are subject to change. Which parameters determine these changes? What can we learn by studying them about the specific character of a culture? Why do people experience the night in different ways in different historical periods and how did this affect their lives?

The Left Side of History: World War II and Re-emergent Nationalisms in Contemporary Eastern Europe

Kristen Ghodsee
Professor and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, former Member (2006–07) in the School of Social Science, and President of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study
October 14, 2016
Kristen Ghodsee will investigate the contemporary European memory projects about World War II and the Cold War. Since the global financial crisis in 2008, countries once locked behind the Iron Curtain have increasingly drifted to the far right, vilifying their state socialist pasts to exonerate nationalist heroes once condemned for their collaboration with Nazi Germany. Politicians and scholars strategically deploy historical knowledge as a tool to quash growing domestic opposition to the economic upheavals and insecurities of the post-socialist era.

An Antidote to the Politics of Despair

Deva Woodly
May 13, 2016
Enabling Conceptions of Justice and the Democratic Necessity of Insurgency

Using the work of Iris Young, Amartya Sen, and John Dewey, along with the empirical case of the contemporary Movement for Black Lives, Deva Woodly, Member (2012–13) and Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School, will develop the argument that both the idea of justice and citizens themselves benefit from democratic insurgencies that emerge from ordinary people and challenge prevailing notions about existing arrangements of power and privilege.

Finding Signs of Life on Earth-Like Exoplanets

Hanno Rein
Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto
November 7, 2014
Hanno Rein, former Member (2010–13) in the School of Natural Sciences, discusses using biosignatures to find signs of life, both in the Solar System and beyond. Additionally, Rein explains why chances are good for finding an Earth-like exoplanet around a Sun-like star within the next few years, as well as the challenges faced when that planet is discovered.

This lecture is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).

The Parthenon Sculptures: Decoding Images of Ancient Myths

Joan Breton Connelly
Professor of Classics at New York University
November 7, 2014
Joan Breton Connelly, Hetty Goldman Member (2010­–11) in the School of Historical Studies, explores how the Parthenon sculptures conveyed genealogical myths that answered for the Athenians the basic human question: Where do I come from? She shows how cosmic and epic narratives, and the great boundary catastrophes of war and deluge, established frameworks for understanding the distant past.

(dis)Honesty

Dan Ariely
Duke University
May 9, 2014
In this lecture, Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and former Member (2005-07) in the School of Social Science, will discuss how the principles of behavioral economics can help us understand some of our irrational tendencies, specifically the mechanisms at work behind dishonest behavior. According to Ariely, one of the most interesting lessons is understanding our capacity to think of ourselves as honest even when we act dishonestly.

The Age of Networks

Jennifer Chayes
Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director Microsoft Research New England and New York City
November 8, 2013

In this talk, Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and New York City, looks quite generally at some of the models we are using to describe ­networks, processes we are studying on the networks, ­algorithms we have devised for the networks, and finally, methods we are developing to indirectly infer network structure from measured data. In particular, she discusses models and techniques that cut across many disciplinary boundaries.